24 July, 2015 Calgary Alberta Canada

Seismic Interpretation in Fold-and-Thrust Belts: Field Trip to the Southern Canadian Rocky Mountain Foreland

19-24 July 2015
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Who Should Attend
This course is intended to assist geologists and geophysicists involved in the interpretation of seismic reflection data for trap delineation and reservoir characterization in both orogenic and passive margin fold-and-thrust belts. The course should also be a useful for supervisors who evaluate structural interpretations to assign and reduce drilling risks.

Upon completion of this field seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize common types of structures in fold-and-thrust belts based on their expressions in outcrop and seismic data.
  • Apply fault-related folding concepts to interpret these structures, characterizing fault and fold geometries and fault displacements.
  • Identify petroleum traps and their major structural risk elements.
  • Recognize similarities between styles of trap and reservoir-scale deformation.
Course Content

This structural field course in the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies focuses on relating outcrop to seismic expressions of compressive structural styles that are common in fold-and-thrust belts and deepwater passive margins (toe thrust belts) worldwide. Course topics include seismic interpretation of thrust and reverse faults, detachment surfaces, fault-bend folds, fault-propagation folds, detachment folds, growth structures, wedge structures, and imbricate structures. The course offers an extensive "atlas-style" guidebook with seismic examples from petroleum basin throughout the world, as well as instructional materials and exercises on quantitative structural interpretation of seismic data. Each day will be spent visiting three to five field locations, where new concepts will be introduced and applied in seismic interpretation projects.

Participants stay at the University of Calgary Kananaskis Field Station, in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada, about an hour drive from Banff and two-hour drive from Calgary. The geology is extraordinary, and the scenery and wildlife are tremendous.

All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Calgary (you will be provided with arrival and departure details at least 30 days prior to the start of the trip).

Field Seminar Location
Begins and ends in Calgary, AB, Canada. More details will follow soon.



Please note that July 19th is an arrival day and July 25th a departure day for the field course. The first course event on July 19th is dinner at 6 pm followed by a brief orientation session. The transit time from the airport to the Kananaskis Field Station field station is about 90 minutes. Thus, the last shuttle from the airport to the field station will leave no later than 4:00pm. Thus, we encourage you to arrive in Calgary no later than 3:30pm. Please make your plans accordingly.

Please notify Maryorie Grande of your Calgary arrival and departure information. Based on your schedules, we will notify you of departure times for our shuttles on July 19th and return transportation on the morning of July 25th.

For all those arriving on July 19th at Calgary International Airport, please look for the Harvard University sign in the baggage claim area outside Terminal B (International Arrivals). For those arriving before July 19th that need pick-up at hotels near the airport, please provide your hotel information to Maryorie and she will notify you of your pick-up time. For those who live in or near Calgary, you are welcome to meet us at the airport for shuttle service, or to drive directly to the Field Station. Please advise us of your preference.


We are staying at the University of Calgary's Kananaskis Barrier Lake Field Station for the entire course. The Field Station is located at the base of Mount Baldy, and will serve as a convenient point of departure for the daily trips. The Field Station provides rustic accommodations, with double occupancy rooms and meal services. Please advise Maryorie if you have a preference for a roommate, and inform her of any dietary restrictions.


Please contact Maryorie and John Shaw with all questions you may have regarding preparations for the trip. The Field Station has wireless access but limited cell phone service. During most of the days we will be in the field beyond email or cell phone contact. However, on each day we will, at some point, be within a cell phone service area.

If someone needs to contact the field station while you are onsite, they can use the following contact information: (403) 673-3662; (403) 220-5355; or email Adrienne Cunnings at the University of Calgary.

Emergency services in the Kananaskis region are provided by:

Kananaskis Emergency Services
1 Boundary Road, Kananaskis, Alberta
Mailing address: Box 70 Kananaskis Village, Alberta, T0L 2H0
Phone: (403)591-7755 (administration)
9-1-1 (emergencies)
Fax: (403) 591-7123

and are described on the following website:

http://kananaskisid.ca/emergency.php. As the trip draws closer, we will provide additional cell phone contacts for the trip leaders.


Day Pack or backpack (for carrying lunch and 11 x 17 field guide, etc.)
Sunscreen and hat
Warm coat


The formal, instructional portion of the field course ends on Friday, July 24th at around noontime. In the afternoon, we provide transportation for various geotourism activities, including trips to Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefields, rafting, and other options. These options will be discussed during the field course, and arrangements made based on your preferences. You may also plan to catch a shuttle on July 24th from Banff back to Calgary (depending on interest, we may be able to drive you to Calgary).

Shuttle service from the field station to Calgary will be provided for all course participants on Saturday, July 25th. Shuttles will depart between 4am and 10am, arriving in Calgary from 6am to 12 noon.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions regarding the trip, or if we can otherwise assist with your preparations.

Best regards,

John H. Shaw and Frank Bilotti

Expires on
18 June, 2015
Early Tuition
Expires on
25 July, 2014
Regular Tuition
20 people

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrants in AAPG Field Seminars must complete and sign the Release and Indemnity Form on the bottom of the Registration Form (or read and agree to the appropriate box during online registration.) Your registration will not be complete until we have your signed form in our files.

Tuition includes lodging in a field station (double occupancy), most meals (exception of 2 dinners), local transportation, boat and gondola fees, guidebooks, and supplies. No refunds for cancellations after 6/19/2015.


Frank Bilotti Chevron Nigeria/mid-Africa Deepwater, Nigeria
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John H. Shaw Harvard University
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Stephanie Brown AAPG Assistant Registrar +1 918 560-2930
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